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March 2019 by V. R. Duin


The charging bull of illuminated energy in structured reading mentoring programs, reading mentorship and reading tutoring reaches the expected level or the next level.

Mentoring fills gaps. Dual working parents, single parenting and broad ranges of academic and socio-economic levels can be bridged. A structured reading mentoring programs offers continuity of effort.

Stages in learning advance by experience rather than by age. Learning to read takes practice. Mentorship may instill an enthusiasm for reading activities. Students learn by participating with others.

A structured reading mentoring program supplements the diminishing role of family in education. The Reading Mentors Program of the Governor's Office of Georgia is a working example.

Religious organizations are getting involved. Churches and temples go beyond teaching of scripture and elements of faith. They guide families to appropriate educational materials and sound interpretations thereof.

Screens can present unmemorable content. Children are attracted to hyped-up junk and games. Their playing field often consists of weaker or equal players. Little may be gained from those closely aligned with them.

Reading proficiency at the end of third grade is an indicator of future success. Reading skills are prescribed by academic standards. Book language complexity is judged by technical applications, formulas and systems.

Methods to Improve Reading

Reading online text helps determine the complexity. Typing two paragraphs of extracted text in Microsoft Word under Spelling & Grammar scores readability. A given author's work rarely differs in this respect.

The Lexile Framework is popular in schools. This registered trademark of MetaMetrics, Inc. offers a framework for determining text difficulty and for measurement of individual student's reading ability.

Initial MetaMetrics research was funded by: NICHD under NIH, part of HHS. Tests of individual titles and students keep money flowing, despite the restrictions on reading choices and the flawed measurements.

MetaMetrics partners with EBSCO. This extends Lexile estimates to databases of articles made available in schools and libraries. Processing excludes rhyming texts, links, citations and other non-prose information.

MetaMetrics partners with State Departments of Education. Its government, publishing technology and research partnerships connect books to tens of million students across the U.S. and the English-speaking world.

Reading Mentorship

Mentors are stronger players. Mentors help children rise to the challenge. It is helpful to have a child read a passage, then explain the content. A mentor helps to speed up the integration and advancement of late bloomers.

Mentors rarely expect nor need reciprocation. They can be older or younger than the person mentored. They are defined by expertise and willingness to facilitate the metamorphosis of someone less experienced.

Mentorship need not come in the form of a structured system. An experienced or knowledgeable mentor can guide those with less experience or knowledge. A mentor helped V. R. Duin learn to write for children.

Mentors are their own brand of charging bull. V. R. Duin was fortunate to have Graeme Lofts as her mentor in the field of childhood reading, writing and education. He continues to influence her work.

Schools are incorporating mentorship into student development plans. Guidance and direction aid in the development of skills and knowledge. Homelessness, suspension and early parenthood may be curbed.

Reading Tutoring

Tutoring adds individualized structure and progress measurement to a child's educational efforts. It may promote academic confidence in struggling readers and help advanced children push beyond grade level.

Fast-moving screen time pulls kids from reading. Screen time is fast-paced. It rarely is instructive. Children play online rather than read. A child who does not read, does not learn about career-building subjects.

Tutoring exist for writers. Editing and ghostwriting companies have long served this market. An expert eye can massage work into polished form. It is helpful to have guidance into the audiences for distinct genres and ages.

Tutors help beginners mature. Should individuals be lucky enough to find professional contributors with vast experience, the expectation is for them to work hard on any deficiencies. Self help through Reading Helps Writing.